Dr. Christopher Barreiro joined Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Ltd. on August 1, 2011 following the completion of his fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in both general and thoracic surgery, and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. His clinical interests include valvular heart disease, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, as well as surgeries of the thoracic aorta.
Dr. Barreiro is originally from New York, where he graduated summa cum laude, with a degree in Biology from Manhattan College. He was also an avid baseball player for the Manhattan College Jaspers and remains a die-hard New York Yankee fan. Dr. Barreiro then attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 2001. He remained at Hopkins for seven years of general surgery residency. It was during these years that he was engaged in multiple research endeavors and authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters. His research interests focused on neuroprotective strategies during hypothermic circulatory arrest, as well as continuous hypothermic perfusion strategies for explanted donor hearts. In 2006, he also spent six months abroad at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. While there, he focused on both gastrointestinal and thoracic surgery.
Following his surgical residency, he remained at Hopkins for three years of cardiothoracic fellowship. During his time in Baltimore, he also had a role in the HBO movie, "Something the Lord Made", where he portrayed the hands of Dr. Alfred Blalock, who helped to pioneer modern heart surgery with his famous "Blue-Baby" operation. Dr. Barreiro's career as a "surgical hand double" however, was cut short by his dedication to the practice of cardiac surgery. Dr. Barreiro left Baltimore for the Hampton Roads area due to the strong reputation and busy clinical practice of the Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons. He was attracted to the cardiac team at Sentara Heart Hospital because it is on the cutting edge of cardiac surgery, and is nationally recognized as one of the top Heart Hospitals in the country.
Dr. Barreiro and his wife, Jo-Ann, have four sons. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking and coaching his sons in youth baseball. The Barreiro family resides in Virginia Beach.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - 2001Internship/Residency
Johns Hopkins HospitalBoard Certification
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Surgery
Sentara Heart Hospital/Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
Co-Director Sentara Aortic Program CommitteeProfessional Organizations
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Adult Heart Transplantation
Ventricular Assist Devices
Surgeries of the Thoracic Aorta